The second annual New Mexico Governor's STEM Challenge and Statewide Showcase took place on December 12th, bringing together participants from 33 teams from public, private, & charter high schools across the state, along with judges from 18 New Mexico STEM employers, plus educators, volunteers & government officials.
“I’m humbled by the New Mexico talent on display at this year’s competition,” said Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. “What a remarkable showcase of diligent, bright and hard-working students from all across our state. This has been a challenging year for all of us, not least New Mexico’s students. But our best and brightest will continue to shine, I have no doubt, and my faith in the ingenuity and strength of New Mexico’s young people has been invigorated by this year’s STEM competitors. I can’t wait to see what they do next.”
“What I most appreciated about the STEM competition itself, was the meaningful interactions between judges and teams about their submissions,” said LANL Foundation Director of Evaluation and Learning Kersti Tyson. “It was clear that students and their sponsors really persevered this year, and that even a pandemic cannot stop innovation — indeed perhaps it inspired some. It is great to see our state’s leadership rallying around these students through this competition.”
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Via the New Mexico State University News Center
A team of students from Portales, NM, presented their project, "Hot Stuff" at the 2019 New Mexico Governor's STEM Challenge statewide showcase.
ALBUQUERQUE—High school students from 33 schools will be competing for $5,000 in prize money from 18 employers in the 2nd Annual New Mexico Governor’s STEM Challenge.
Hosted and organized by New Mexico State University (NMSU), Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico Public Education Department (PED), and New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS), this event will be entirely virtual Saturday, Dec. 12.
Ten-person student teams have submitted solutions to the NMSU formulated question, “How can you combine New Mexico’s natural resources with technology to address regional/global needs?”
Employer partners have provided judges to rate the solutions based on quality, creativity, presentation, and how they match up with skills that employers need for future hires in their own industries. Selected teams will receive $500 per student in cash.
Employer partners from around the state include:
“Gov. Lujan Grisham cares deeply and passionately that New Mexican students can compete and thrive in a 21st century economy,” NMDWS Cabinet Secretary Bill McCamley said. “The amazing contributions from statewide public and private sector partners shows the widespread agreement with the Governor and we are excited to complete the second year of this program even in these challenging times.”
NMSU President John Floros said, “I want to thank each of our student participants as well as their mentors who helped them through this process. Because of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, and the Governor’s STEM Challenge, these students have studied important issues facing our state and developed a number of innovative potential solutions. When students are able to expand their understanding of STEM disciplines and emerging technologies, and we help them to think more quickly and innovatively, we all benefit.”
PED Deputy Secretary Dr. Gwen Perea Warniment said, “It is our deep honor at the PED to recognize the resiliency, creativity, and collaboration of students during this time of remote instruction. We are incredibly proud of New Mexican youth who are clearly demonstrating with the STEM Challenge they are the leaders that will take the state and nation into the next century.”
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Via the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions
Contributors include the Northern NM STEAM Team, local educators, & advocates